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. for the politics of it all, dana millbank. first to you, ambassador. american aid to egypt is about $1.5 billion a year, but $1.3 billion of that goes immediately back into american private corporations defense contractors for egypt to buy weapons. just cutting off aid to egypt isn't exactly the answer because that would have a negative impact on america. >> toure, there's so much naval gazing going on with this foreign policy issue it seems we're getting totally lost in the weeds here. the fact of the matter is that the egyptian generals do not need this $1.3 billion or $1.5 billion. whatever is left in the pipeline for the rest of this fiscal year is about $300 million. the saudis and others have said they will step in and fill the gap in. let me tell you, it's just a matter of time before vladimir putin says to the egyptians, guess what, russia will step in and fill whatever the americans don't provide here. we have to stand up for our values. if we want to suspend aid, that's the main reason. it will have no bearing on the decision making of the generals who have already dismissed what the o
, and dana raurerbach. [ applause ] now, i've got to tell you the truth. i've been looking forward to this visit because -- and this is a little tricky to say this, but my family and i, we've got a special place in our hearts for the marine corps. part of it is because every day at the white house we're surrounded by marines. in fact, we probably got some folks here who were at the white house who are now here at camp pendleton. see? i figured as much. and then, of course, every time i need to kind of hop, skip, and jump somewhere, every time i get on marine one, i rely on some of the best aviators in the world. i've seen your honor. i've seen your courage. i've seen your commitment, whether in protecting our diplomatic posts around the world or preparing to deploy to iraq or afghanistan or recovering from wounds received in battle. you know, a few years ago you gave a great camp pendleton welcome to my wife michelle, and i know it's not as exciting when i come to visit, but she says hi. i guess i'm kind of like that army general who once said, the more marines i have around, the b
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